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n amendment. >>now it's your turn. connect with "the war room" jennifer granholm. >>it's a call to arms. make your voice heard. % >> jennifer: as promised we do have new polls. the first one is a blockbuster. the pew research center released
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its first post debate poll showing mitt romney with a lead over likely voters nationwide. the poll has romney receiving 49% compared to president obama's 45%. just last week the same survey showed the president up by eight points. in colorado where the debate was held, a university of denver poll shows the president leading 47 to 43%. that's right at the poll's four-point margin of error. in virginia the president is leading 50-47%. that's the narrowist lead seen in a ppp poll so far. and the president now has a 2 percentage point lead. romney has gained 5 percentage
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points in wisconsin. and all eyes will be on that state later this week for the vice presidential debate. joining us now are two of my favorite guests, democratic strategist and syndicated columnist karl frisch and michelle bernard the president and ceo of bernard center for women, politics & public policy. welcome back to you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> jennifer: michelle how does the president come back from this? >> he just has to havevery, very -- the next two debates the president has to be very very strong, but i think it is very important that we see the barack obama that the whole country fell in love with in 2008 on the campaign trail. people are going to want him
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make us feel good about what he has done as president of the united states, what his vision for the future of the country is, and as much as i hate to say it, because i hate negative ads, but we know that they work. and we spoke after the convenings, there is a stark difference in how the democrats view the places of women, african-americans, hispanics from what we have seen from the republican party, and i think the president is going to have to hit home on that. we needs everyone who for him in 2008 to come out in 2012. >> jennifer: absolutely. the gallup poll showed president obama under mitt romney. how do they come back after a
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such a large gap? >> that 72% likely seems large, but those numbers are often dictated by the spin that comes after a debate performance, so it's probably a little bit artificially high for those who saw the debate. that being said i think the president needs to get back into the driver's seat. it has really only been the last several months that we has taken off in a position of strong play. he needs to give the base reason to be excited. if there's anything to worry about, it's the enthusiasm numbers, and those are the easiest to impact on a moments notice. if like michelle said he's aggressive on the stump in
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articulating his vision but also tying it back to how his record has impacted people in this country, and how his plans and romney's plans will do that in the future. >> joy: and michelle there was a battle groub poll that shows nation wise 86% of romney supports are extremely likely to vote. so the question is how does the president energize really his supporters? >> yeah, i think the president -- not only does he have to reenergize the typical democratic -- the people who typically vote -- respond to a democratic message, but he has to reach out to independents as well. and the way he does that is by
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being very very strong in explaining everything he has done for the country. we saw bill clinton do it at the convention, and people need to remember just how bad things could have within. how much farther we have come -- if i was the president i would be hammering home that jobs report from last friday. people need to understand and really begin to feel from the president that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. >> jennifer: i totally agree. you guys are going to stay right there, so stick around because i have thoughts on after the show. and after the break we'll talk about political adds and when i'm going to get my plain old boring commercials back.
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>> obama: i want them to remember that true courage is revealed when the resistance is strongest. >> jennifer: that is president obama today drawing inspiration from latino civil rights leader caesar chavez. the president and national latino leaders dedicated a new national monument for chavez today. we have a flurry of new tv ads to dissect. we're going to get to at least a couple we hope. first one, let me ask you, michelle, the romney released a new tved a with a liar argument. here is a part of it. >> president obama continues to
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distort mitt romney's plan. the latest not telling the truth about the tax plan. even the obama campaign admitted it wasn't true. >> jennifer: actually i'm going to ask this one of karl, because the romney campaign isn't telling anybody whether the ad is running. >> i think it's disenginous and ironic that they would release an ad calls lying, and not tell anybody where it is returning. if you want to give 20% tax cuts to every american that is $5 trillion. what is difficult is to get really detailed on romney's plans when they are not laid out specifically.
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so what you find from the fact checkers is that they are not being completely accurate but they always put in there the disclaimer, but it's difficult because we don't know what romney has said. the president should continue to hammer it home, and he needed to do a better job by articulating where he came up with the $5 trillion mark. >> jennifer: i agree. he needs to be specific about what he could do. and michelle, the super pac supporting the president, they have a new ad going after how mitt romney is going to pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy. >> take away his toys and he'll play with a stick. but if you take away early childhood education, slash k-through 12 funding, they won't
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go far. >> jennifer: that ad is airing in colorado, florida, ohio virginia, wisconsin. michelle do you think that that message is effective with parents? swing states? >> i think it's a very compelling ad. it will hit parents, women, children. it's going to hit white middle class voters who firmly believe and understand that the way to be prepared for a 21st century work force is through education. if you live in ohio, wisconsin, michigan, if you live in states where manufacturing jobs are disappearing, you know the way to find a job is education, and for that reason alone, it is a very, very compellingad. >> jennifer: the nra has come
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out with a new ad. do you think that because of nra is using a bit of fear in its ads do you think it is going to work in 2012? >> no. i have been to more gun shows than probably any democrat in washington, d.c., and prosably most states around this country. >> jennifer: really? >> yeah, it's one of the things i do with my father from a very early age, and the only thing the nra has at this point is fear. there has been no indication that they will ever touch the guns. so it's obviously fear and designed to get out of people like my father. >> jennifer: hopefully your
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baum we're talking about potentially a 30% cut in medicare over time. now that may not seem like a big deal when it just is -- you know, numbers on a sheet of paper, but if we're talking about family who has an autistic kid and is depending on that medicaid, that is a big problem. >> jennifer: that was president obama explaining how cuts to
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medicaid could affect families with autistic children. the autism epidemic touches more and more american families. one in 88 children is diagnosed with the disorder by the time they are eight years old. it covers developmental disorders which impair social interaction and communication, and now the first large wave of children diagnosed with autism are reaching young adulthood, and our country is woefully unprepared. while local system systems are providing services up to age 21. adults rely on medicaid support. but states that are strapped for funding often have massive
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waiting lists. i programs and services for autism speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room." >> thank you for having me. >> jennifer: i'm so pleased you are here to provide a human perspective on what these kids might mean. why before we get to that is why is this wave of autism happening? >> fortunately, we don't know. the increase in autism over the last 20 years is tenfold and 50% of it can be explained through better diagnosis, and awareness, but the other 50% we don't really know what is behind that increase. >> jennifer: well obviously there is a huge concern on the part of would be parents and existing parents about how a child ends up being autistic. i want to play a public service
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announcement. let's watch that. >> i have autism. >> i have autism. >> i have autism. >> and i want you to see me as an individual. >> and not a label. >> i want autism to be an avoidable topic for our lawmakers running for office this fall. >> jennifer: so what has been the response? >> we are really trying to get this spread so that more and more candidates across the spectrum, whether it's for senate, president, house, local campaigns understand that this is a population that is 1% of the united states. and if you take into effect all of the people that are involved in those childrens' or adults lives, it really affects a significant portion of this population. and this is an issue that needs to be addressed in the coming
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years. and unfortunately many people call it a cliff, where they drop off and then you no longer have those educational entitlements. >> jennifer: the fiscal cliff is in fact going to impact services to -- and research for autism if in fact those cuts go into effect, what will happen? >> we have estimated if sequestration goes through, from a research standpoint that's at least $19 million that goes away overnight, and unfortunately we spent the last ten years building the budget in terms of what the federal government is putting into research. so that's a big issue. not to mention the services you talked about. if those go away or are overdue that will have a significant impact on this population. >> jennifer: so talk on a personal level.
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because i know you have a son that has describe for people how old he is and what he is facing. >> my son is tyler, he is 18. and my wife aye have been at this year 16 years old. and he is a wonderful young man. he is very capable. he has a passion for painting, and we blessed to be able to hopefully provide for him, but we worry constantly -- >> jennifer: could healey on his own? >> no, he would not. and that is the case for a significant portion of this population. >> jennifer: and if you didn't have the means, you would have to rely on medicaid? >> we would. something >> jennifer: would it be a group home? >> there are a variety of things. some people want to live with others, some might want to live
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on their own. there is no one solution here -- for this population and we really need to help allow them to be all they can be. >> jennifer: sure appreciate you coming inside "the war room" to lay it out for us. >> thank you. >> jennifer: that's peter bell of autism speaks, and after listening to mr. bell it's hard not to recognize the it's go time. what time is it rob? oh, then it's go. go. go. go time. anybody? anybody? what time is it? oh, right. go time!
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The War Room With Jennifer Granholm
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